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A Guide to Zebra Crossing Accident Claims – How Much Compensation Can I Claim?

By Fern Mitchell. Last Updated 26th March 2021. Welcome to our guide on zebra crossing accident claims. Although Britain boasts some of the safest roads in the world, accidents can happen. If you have been involved in a zebra crossing accident and it was not your fault, you will have the right to claim compensation.

There are a number of reasons why zebra crossing accidents can happen. This could be because a driver was not paying attention or being careless. Alternatively, it could be because the pedestrian rushed into the road or used the crossing incorrectly. So long as the accident was not your fault, you will be able to make a claim. This is something that Legal Expert has years of experience in.

We have helped many personal injury victims to obtain the compensation they deserve. We can help you to claim for all damages associated with the incident, not just the pain and suffering you have experienced but also any loss of income and out-of-pocket expenses. With that in mind, why not read below to find out everything you need to know, including how much compensation you could receive, eligibility criteria, and our No Win No Fee approach. Alternatively, you can call us on 0800 073 8804 to discuss your claim.

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What is a zebra crossing?

Zebra crossing accident claims

Zebra crossing accident claims

A zebra crossing is a part of the road that is painted with white, broad strips, whereby vehicles need to stop for any pedestrians that want to cross the road. This is a safety feature that is designed to stop pedestrians from crossing the road at any random point; therefore, ensuring accidents are reduced.

Zebra crossing accident claims

The UK has some of the safest roads in the world. However, this does not stop accidents from happening. If you have been involved in a zebra crossing accident, you will be able to claim compensation, but just how often do these accidents occur?

In the year ending September 2019, a total of 31,896 were killed or seriously injured on the roads in Britain. With regards to casualties of all severities, there were 153,158.

With regards to pedestrian casualties, there has been a decrease when comparing the year ending September 2019 when compared to the previous year. This is a 3% decrease in all casualties and a 3% decrease with regards to people that have been killed or seriously injured. However, as the graph below shows, there’s been a 3% increase in the number of pedestrian fatalities on the road compared to 2018.

zebra crossing accident claims statistics graph

zebra crossing accident claims statistics graph

For more information regarding road traffic accident statistics in the UK for the year ending 2019, click here.

Zebra crossing accident injuries

There are many different physical injuries that can be sustained as a consequence of a zebra crossing accident. This includes head injuries, brain damage, back injuries, leg injuries, and much more. Some zebra crossing accidents can also be fatal. If this is the case, you could be able to make a claim for compensation on behalf of a loved one.

For more information on zebra crossing accident claims, please read on. Alternatively, you can call us today to discuss your claim.

Who is to blame for getting hit on a zebra crossing?

When it comes to making a claim for pedestrian hit by car compensation, establishing blame is always the most important factor. The court will look at the actions of both the pedestrian and the driver to determine who was to blame. Needless to say, drivers have to stop at zebra crossings. However, there are some rare occurrences whereby the pedestrian may be at fault. This includes the following:

  • The pedestrian was wearing dark clothes at night (the pedestrian may not be liable in such a case, but the driver also won’t be to blame)
  • The pedestrian was reckless, careless or in a hurry
  • The pedestrian was impaired by drugs
  • The pedestrian was impaired by alcohol
  • The pedestrian was using the crossing facility in an incorrect manner
  • The pedestrian failed to judge the speed or the path of the vehicle
  • The pedestrian failed to look properly

To find out more about zebra crossing accident claims involving pedestrians, please read on.

Road traffic accidents involving pedestrians

We often get asked what happens when a zebra crossing accident has involved a pedestrian that was being careless. Of course, a zebra crossing means that the pedestrian has the right of way and that the driver should always stop. With this in mind, in most cases, the pedestrian will not be to blame. However, if a pedestrian has literally run onto the road at the last minute, whereby it was obvious the vehicle could not stop, then there is always the chance that the pedestrian may be liable, and anyone else involved could potentially claim. The best thing to do is simply give us a call to find out.

What to do if you have been involved in a zebra crossing accident

If you were unlucky enough to experience a zebra crossing accident that has left you with injury, it is vital to take the necessary steps to build a strong claim. This includes taking the following actions:

  • Get medical attention – Getting hit on a zebra crossing will naturally result in a trip to the hospital in most cases. Nonetheless, there are some people that hate going to a hospital, and so they will attempt to cope with minor injuries themselves. Not only is this not recommended for medical reasons, but it can impact your case too. This is because the medical report your doctor puts together is the most crucial piece of evidence when determining how much compensation you will receive.
  • Note down details of the accident – It is almost always best to compile an account of the events as soon as possible in order not to have memories that fade later on down the line.
  • Report the accident – If the accident was a serious one or it is obstructing the road, it is important to report it to the police at the earliest opportunity. This will also serve as an official report regarding what has happened.
  • Take photographs – Failing to stop at zebra crossing can often result in damage to the road and the surrounding area. If so, take a photograph of this. You should also take photos of your injuries, if applicable.
  • Track your expenses – It is also vital to track any expenses you have been subject to because of the injuries you have sustained. You should have the ability to claim for these as special damages. Nevertheless, you are going to need proof in order to do so. This includes the likes of travel expenses, loss of income and the cost of counselling and medication.

If you’re wondering how much zebra crossing accident claims can be worth, please read on to the next section.

How much compensation for being hit by a car or being involved in any other type of zebra crossing accident? (Updated March 2021)

How much compensation for being hit by a car? This is something you will, no doubt, be wondering. Unfortunately, we cannot give you a definitive figure. After all, every case is different. There are many factors that are considered when determining a payout amount and, therefore, two people that have both been trying to reach a pedestrian hit by a car settlement may receive different amounts.

We know that there are a lot of solicitors that promise certain amounts, as well as compensation payout calculators online, but please know that these are only ever estimated – no matter what is proclaimed. With that in mind, below we have put together a table of the average payout amounts for injuries and damages associated with hitting someone on a zebra crossing. This should give you a good idea of the amount you can claim for.

Reason for compensationTypical payout amountComments
Mental anguish£3,550This is an award of fear of death and expectation of end of life.
Minor head or brain injury£2,070 to £11,980In these cases, there usually isn’t any brain damage, or if there is, it will be minimal. The amount you are awarded is based on numerous factors, including whether you are experiencing any headaches, how severe the initial injury was, any symptoms you are encountering, and how long it takes you to recover from these symptoms.
Less severe brain damage£14,380 to £40,410The individual in question should be able to return to work and enjoy a social life. A good recovery is to have been made. Again, there are a number of factors that will determine the specific payout amount. This includes whether the person has depression, whether their personality has changed, if they have any disability, and how severe the initial injury was.
Moderate brain damage£40,410 to £205,580These cases fall short of the most severe category. At the lower end of this specific payout bracket, the person’s memory and concentration will be impacted. They will have limited dependence on other people and their ability to work will not be the same as it was before. For the higher payout, the claimant will have no prospect of employment, they will also have a large risk of epilepsy, their personality will have changed, and they will be suffering a moderate to severe intellectual deficit.
Moderately severe brain injury£205,580 to £264,650There will be substantial dependence on others and a need for constant professional and other care. Disabilities may be physical, for example, limb paralysis, or cognitive, with marked impairment of intellect and personality.
Severe brain damage £264,650 to £379,100In these cases there will be little, if any, evidence of meaningful response to environment, little or no language function, double incontinence and the need for full-time nursing care.
Minor back injuriesUp to £11,730This includes injuries of a less severe nature, including soft tissue injuries, as well as disc prolapses, sprains and strains. How much money you are awarded depends on a number of factors. This includes whether medication is required, as well as the treatment that is needed, the impact of the injuries on the claimant’s life, and how severe the original injury was. The pain the person has experienced will also be taken into account.
Moderate back injuries£11,730 to £36,390There are a variety of injuries that are incorporated into this category. The lower amount is for the likes of muscle and ligament disturbance, and the higher payout is for cases where there is residual disability yet it is less severe.
Severe back injuries£36,390 to £151,070The injury you have sustained and the extent of it will determine the payout amount. The lowest payment is for disc fractures and lesions that can lead to chronic conditions. Most severe cases include the likes of nerve root damage and spinal cord damage.
Minor neck injuries Up to £7,410This award will apply where there has been a full recovery between three months and one to two years.
Moderate neck injuries £7,410 to £36,120The lower end of this bracket will apply to moderate soft tissue injuries where the period of recovery has been fairly protracted. The higher end of the bracket will include include chronic conditions, usually involving referred symptoms to other parts of the anatomy or serious soft tissue injuries to the neck and back combined.
Severe neck injuries £42,680 to £139,210The highest award in this bracket will be appropriate where there is incomplete paraplegia and little to no movement in the neck. The lower end of the bracket will include fractures, dislocations and severe damage to soft tissue that lead to chronic conditions and permanent disability.

If you cannot find the injury you have sustained in the table above, please do not fret. You can still claim, of course. All you need to do is give us a call and we will be more than happy to assist you further. Please note if you have a loved one that has been involved in a fatal accident, you may be able to claim on their behalf. Again, this is something we can assist you with.

For information on No Win No Fee zebra crossing accident claims and how we can help, please continue reading.

No Win No Fee zebra crossing accident claim

There are many personal injury law services available for people to choose from today, but one feature that makes us stand out is that all of our claims are handled on a No Win No Fee basis. This means that anyone can make a claim for road traffic accidents involving pedestrians, irrespective of their financial situation. No upfront costs are required, plus you will only need to pay legal fees if your case is a success. This provides you with a level of financial security that is not offered with other payment structures. After all, you can be certain that there will not be any scenario whereby you have a massive legal bill to fund yet you do not have any compensation to cover the cost of it.

There are a number of benefits associated with making a claim for a zebra crossing accident in this manner. Not only does it give you peace of mind, but also you can b certain that you will never waste your time. We will only take on your case if we believe there is a genuine chance of compensation. We will never waste your time. We have nothing to gain by merely taking on your case.

However, if you opt for a personal injury solicitor that bills hourly, there is always the risk that they will simply take on your case to take your money. Plus, as our solicitors are impacted by the outcome of your case, you know they are always going to be working hard to secure the right outcome. Again, this is not something that can be guaranteed when going for legal services that are billed hourly rather than being on a No Win No Fee basis.

If you’d like to know why Legal Expert is the best choice in making zebra crossing accident claims, our next section will be useful to you.

Why choose Legal Expert for your zebra crossing accident claim?

If you have been involved in a zebra crossing accident, it is important to choose a legal firm that has an excellent reputation – one that you can trust to get the maximum amount of compensation that you are entitled to. This is most certainly the case with Legal Expert. We have years of experience in the industry, and we can give you free specialist advice to ensure that you make the best decision for you.

We have an outstanding reputation in the industry and an impressive track record. This is because we always put our customers first. We know that you are going through an incredibly stressful and upsetting time at the moment, and the last thing we want to do is make the situation worse with a hassle-filled claims process. It is always our aim to secure compensation in the most efficient manner, enabling you to focus on your recovery while we get the payout you are entitled to.

When you get in touch with us, we will connect you with a solicitor that has handled many zebra crossing accident claims. We know how important it is to work with a specialist solicitor. After all, if you use the services of a general lawyer that does not have any experience in claiming for a zebra crossing accident, there is always the chance that a mistake could be made, which could result in the case being lost. We make sure that this does not happen. We listen to the ins and outs of your case, and then match you with the best solicitor accordingly.

So, if you are ready to start with the claims process, or you have any queries, all you need to do is get in touch. We can also provide you with assistance if you hit a pedestrian with your car. Perhaps you are wondering if you are liable to be sued? Maybe you feel that someone else was to blame for the accident, and you would like to claim yourself? No matter what applies, all you need to do is give us a call and we will be more than happy to assist you in any manner we can. To speak to a member of our team directly about your zebra crossing accident, call 0800 073 8804. You can also send us an email using the online contact form or by directing it to info@legalexpert.co.uk or use the live chat feature to the bottom right of this screen.

Helpful links

Find out how much compensation you can claim for a car accident– Our guide to claiming for a car accident.

Pedestrian Compensation Claim Guide-Our guide to claiming compensation as a pedestrian.

Highway code rules for pedestrians– Information on the duty of care pedestrians owe and how to act safely on the road.

When to visit A&E- An NHS guide on which injuries require a trip to A&E.

The Zebra, Pelican and Puffin Pedestrian Crossings Regulations and General Directions 1997– Legislation related to pedestrian crossings.

Whiplash claims– Our guide to claiming for whiplash injuries after an accident.

Zebra crossing accident claims- FAQs

How much compensation do you get for a pedestrian accident?

The amount that pedestrian accident claims are worth will vary. Each claim will be determined on a case-by-case basis. Get in touch with us today to discuss your claim and see how much you could be owed.

Are you legally obliged to stop at a zebra crossing?

Yes. At a zebra crossing, pedestrians have priority and cars should stop if they see a pedestrian at the side of the road waiting to cross.

How is pain and suffering damages calculated?

The amount you’ll receive in general damages for your pain and suffering will depend on how severe your injuries are, and how they’ve affected your daily life in the long term.

How long do you have to put a claim in after an accident?

After an accident in which you were injured, you have three years to make a personal injury claim.

What can I claim for after a car accident?

As well as general damages which cover pain and suffering, you can claim for special damages which can cover things like loss of earnings and medical treatment.

Can you claim injury if the accident was your fault?

Usually, no. However, you can sometimes claim for an accident where you were found partly at fault. Contributory negligence claims will take into account the role you had to play in the accident.

Can the pedestrian be at fault in a car-pedestrian accident?

Yes. If a pedestrian is in breach of their duty of care to other road users and acts dangerously, they can be found at fault for an accident.

How often do pedestrians get hit by cars?

In 2019, there were 21,770 pedestrian casualties recorded to the Department of Transport in Great Britain.

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